At nWay, we’re passionate about games and we’re always looking for talented individuals who share that same drive. Our studio is located in downtown San Francisco and we’re conveniently located near BART and Muni.


Lead Animator

San Francisco, CA or Remote

Job Description

nWay is currently looking for a Lead Animator to drive stylized over the top fighting animations for nWay’s portfolio of competitive fighting games. This candidate is not only talented in creating dynamic action in motion, but also has a deep understanding of how animations should feel in game. The Lead Animator works closely with the animation team along with combat design, character, concept, VFX, and engineering disciplines to bring the interactive action to life. This position requires a strong collaborative spirit, able to inspire the team through ideas and execution.



  • Spearhead the in-game animation style and combat feel.
  • Manage and delegate animation tasks to the animation team.
  • Collaborate with the Combat Design Team to break down design specs and needs.
  • Work closely with Combat Designers and Gameplay Engineers to implement moves into the game engine.
  • Push for tech requests and animation tools needed to push the visual quality.
  • Work closely with Art Producer and Outsource teams to oversee implementation of animations in the game engine.



  • Strong demo reel that demonstrates key frames action animations for gameplay
  • Expert knowledge of Maya
  • Minimum of 2-5 years experience working on a shipped mobile or console game.
  • Working knowledge of state machine systems such as Mechanim, Blueprints, or any other animation graph tools.
  • Fluent knowledge of industry software (Maya, Zbrush, Photoshop, Substance Painter …)
  • Ability to setup and define pipelines, processes, and best practices



  • Working knowledge of Unity and behavior trees
  • Passion for fighting games or action style gameplay
  • Experience supporting a live game on iOS and Android

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